Many service members use industrial solvents in regular military tasks

​Benzene   Tetrachloroethylene

(PCE or PERC)   Acetone    Trichloroethylene (TCE)   Xylenes

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You quit when the gorilla is tired.

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I forgot to tell the examiner some things, ​now what should I do?


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Jim Strickland is a Vietnam era Army veteran and nationally recognized expert on VA

disability benefits. Jim writes extensively about VA and Social Security disability benefits. 
Jim's Mailbag is a regular column featured at  Stateside Legal  where veterans, servicemembers,

and family members can  ask Jim their questions  about VA and Social Security disability benefits. 

Experts Issue Guidelines on Diabetes-Linked Nerve Damage

​The problems, which affect the hands and feet, are the result of nerve damage, also known as diabetic neuropathy.

Disability benefits can enhance your independence and help you care for your family

​​Veterans’ Benefits Rating and Rates
Disability Compensation
Veterans who have disabilities, medical conditions or injuries incurred or aggravated during active military service — no matter when or where they served — may be eligible to receive tax-free monthly benefits.

Veterans Lawyer Personal Injury Appeals VA Claims

Young troops are taking their own lives at double the rate of their civilian peers. Why?
We need to do more to protect these young, idealistic Americans from despair, or their deaths will be our shame.

Law enforcement fatalities spiked in 2021

Covid-19 was the leading cause of death

The number of officers who died in 2021 was 458, a 55 percent jump from 2020

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Filing a VA claim for disability compensation

​VA disability compensation benefits are a monthly, tax-free payment to Veterans who were injured, sustained a

long-term illness or experienced a worsening medical condition during their military service. 

How to file a claim for disability compensation
The COVID-19 pandemic has not halted the claims process. Veterans can still file claims,

and VA is still processing them. VA recommends filing a claim online, but it can still be done in person or through the mail.

​​Step One: Prepare documents before starting your application

Keep Reading!

File your claim today.

Could Face Masks Make You Better-Looking?

​Lewis and his colleagues showed 43 women pictures of men's faces.

Men with masks were rated more attractive.

Women Veterans Call Center
The Women Veterans Call Center is your guide to VA

When You've Hit A Dead End

The United States Department of Veterans Affairs ​White House Hotline

​855 - 948 - 2311    <​>

​Yes, this really works. No, it doesn't ring in the White House.​ Be sure to include your DOB, your last 4, contact info...

a couple of numbers, your preferred email and such. Describe the problem as briefly as you can. Don't rant. ​​

You will get a reply.

VA health care and other insurance
If you have other forms of health care coverage (like a private insurance plan, Medicare,

Medicaid, or TRICARE), you can use VA health care benefits along with these plans. 

4 veterans rowing 3,000 miles across Atlantic

to help US service members struggling with PTSD
Foar From Home has raised more than $727K to help vets who are also dealing

with identity issues, housing accessibility and cognitive disorders

The veterans from the Fernandina Beach-based rowers group make up Foar From Home

How to make your Gmail account self destruct, and why you really should

At least one part of your digital permanent record doesn't need to outlive you

'In simple terms, I feel great'

A new treatment for PTSD

The Soldiers Came Home Sick. The Government Denied It Was Responsible.
U.S. service members and veterans have long insisted that the military’s garbage-disposal fires

in war zones made them ill. Why were their claims stonewalled for so long?

Army ups bonuses for recruits to $50K, as COVID takes toll

​In the last two years, as the pandemic raged, many decided to stay in,

lessening the pressure on recruiting to help keep the Army at its full strength of 485,000.


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VA is Hiring!

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How an Intern Stole NASA's Moon Rocks

​In 2002, rogue NASA interns stole millions of dollars in moon rocks. This is the untold story of how they did it.

Psychiatric Disorders and Type 2 Diabetes Often Go Together

​Type 2 diabetes was most common among people with a sleep disorder

Why the ’70s are a blueprint – but not a destiny – for the 2020s

Protests. An ugly withdrawal from a botched foreign war. Inflation. Politics riven by anger and partisanship.

Puff-sleeve peasant dresses. Shortages of consumer items. New music from ABBA.
This was the 1970s – and perhaps also the early 2020s. 

Proposed Rules

Schedule for Rating Disabilities:

The Digestive System
FR Document: 2021-28314

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) proposes to amend the Schedule for Rating Disabilities (VASRD or rating schedule) that addresses the Digestive System.​​

Contractor Gets Jail

After Defrauding Government Out of $346 Million in Contracts Meant for Vets and Minorities

Veterans Lawyer Doctor

Georgia veterans lobby for changes to disability system

​​Seven years ago, a study by the Social Security Administration pointed out that the VA and the SSA

“may not integrate well.” The agencies added regulations to help fast-track veterans who have a 100% disability rating

from the VA. But it can take up to seven years to get approval for disability through the VA, according to VA records.

It can take another two or more years to get approved by the SSA.

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Veterans Psych Evaluations
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Providing Military Veterans Personalized Psychological and Medical Evaluations. Complete the Contact form, and you'll get a personal phone call from us. We listen, and want to know what you are going through. We provide Independent Medical Evaluations (IME), Independent Medical Opinions (IMO) and nexus letters for ratings reviews, secondary conditions, medical conditions, discharge upgrades, and many types of denied claims.  We also provide Social Security Disability claim reports.

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COVID-19 Impact on Access to Military Service Records

VA has continued to process benefits claims, albeit at a slower pace and with delays

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How To Know If It’s Time To Return To Work

​When you have taken a step back from work due to a disability, you may reach a point in your

recovery where you begin to wonder if, when, and how to best approach a return to work.

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This is the CFR

Code of Federal Regulations

Title 38 - Pensions, Bonuses,

and Veterans' Relief​​

Title: PART 17 - MEDICAL​ 

DD Form 214

Discharge Papers and Separation Documents

Read what a DD 214 is and

when you might need it

Get Some Hometown Help!

These are the folks that know your state and federal benefits the best. Your state provides service officers to help you navigate all your benefits. Check them out for state tax info, veterans claims, homelessness...and a lot

more. Don't get advice from well meaning

friends,  neighbors or volunteer "VA Reps", 

go with the pros.

C & P Exams

Are you scheduled for a C & P exam? 

You should read:

C&P Service Clinician’s Guide

It's your chance to know what the examiner

knows before you go in the room. ​

Veterans Benefits Administration Reports

​Detailed Claims Data  - 

 Status Reports
Reports contain data covering claims inventory, claims

backlog, claims accuracy, and

Fully Developed Claims. 

The C & P examiner will

see you now...

Entitlement to service connection

for bilateral foot disability claimed

as secondary to carbon

tetrachloride exposure.



Military Health History Pocket Card

Did you see combat, enemy fire,

or casualties? 

Were you or a buddy wounded, injured or hospitalized?​ 

Do you have a claim pending for illness or injury related to

your military service?

​Do you have a service-connected condition?

Let's file a VA claim right now 

Intent to File  

Too many of us skip this important step. Spending a few minutes taking care of this may give you months of additional benefits.​​ 


You may file claims on  eBenefits 

 or you can mail them in using certified mail or you can fax them in. ​ 

​V A Claims Intake Center
PO BOX 4444
53547- 4444
Toll Free Fax:

Centralized Intake Coversheet

How to file a VA disability claim

Welcome to the KnowVA Knowledge Base
Locate information
more quickly and efficiently

38 CFR Book C
The Schedule for Rating Disabilities

Military Records​

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or Appeal Status
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your status online​

View your VA disability ratings
If you have one or more disability ratings, you can
view your VA

combined disability rating and

your individual ratings online